NZ call up Taylor, Elliot

2012-11-25 10:36

London - Uncapped utility back Tom Taylor and hooker Hikawera Elliot have been called into the All Black squad as injury cover for the final match of their end-of-season tour against England, New Zealand media reported on Sunday.

The 23-year-old Taylor, the son of 1987 World Cup winning centre Warwick, has been called in due to the Achilles' injury sustained by flyhalf Daniel Carter, who was a late withdrawal from the side that beat Six Nations champions Wales 33-10 in Cardiff on Saturday.

Aaron Cruden replaced Carter for the match, notching 18 points, and while he came through the game mostly unscathed, replacement Beauden Barrett is still suffering from bruised ribs he sustained against Italy in Rome last week.

Elliot, who has played three Tests, was in Britain with the Maori All Blacks and has been called into the side due to a lingering calf injury sustained by Keven Mealamu and because of the possibility that Andrew Hore could be cited following an incident in the Cardiff match, Fairfax Media reported.

Television pictures showed Hore hitting Wales lock Bradley Davies in the back of the neck with a swinging arm early in the match.

Hore was not disciplined at the time but both All Black coach Steve Hansen and his Wales counterpart Warren Gatland acknowledged it was possible the hooker could face a disciplinary hearing.

If Hore is cited and then suspended, the All Blacks would only have one fit hooker in rookie Dane Coles available for selection.

The world champions head into the match at Twickenham looking to finish the year unbeaten.

They have won 19 of their last 20 Tests stretching back to last year's World Cup, with the 18-18 draw with the Wallabies in Brisbane last month the only blot on their record.


  • hendrik.pienaar - 2012-11-25 11:18

    Should've been a straight red for Andrew Hore. That'd never happen to an All Black though. Referee wouldn't have the balls to face the backlash. Seems you can do anything you want out there if you're an All Black. At the very most you'll get a week on the sideline... Geez then Adam Thomson got an added week. Banned from an extra game he wasn't even picked to play, whoop-dee-doo.

      fatu.esialai - 2012-11-25 12:09

      jeez, cry me a freaking river. Hore is going down big time, as he deserves to. Give up the conspiracy theories. You sound pathetic.

      caleb.drumm.1 - 2012-11-25 22:29

      Oh ok, and Greyling???!!! Just as stupid cynical and thuggish, he didnt get a straight red did he?? Its not actually one rule for AB's and one rule for another, you just have to open your other eye. - 2012-11-26 07:02

      can someone please get hendrik a tissue

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